Awards & Achievements

Students at Laurence are encouraged to achieve their highest potential academically and otherwise, always striving for their personal best.
Aside from the excitement of receiving awards and accolades, our students learn the satisfaction of working hard to accomplish goals and rising to the occasion when challenged.

2015 - 2016 Highlights

National WordMasters Challenge

Our 4th and 5th grade classes won high honors in this national language arts competition. The 4th grade team placed third in the nation out of 328 teams and the 5th grade team placed first in the nation out of 350 teams. Eight of our students earned individual perfect scores, a feat achieved by only 50 of the 20,000 students who participated.
 

Johns Hopkins Gifted & Talented Youth

83% of our students in 3rd - 5th grades qualified for this high honor, including 93% of our 5th grade students. Qualifying students received a nationally normed score or 96% or higher on the math and/or verbal section of the ERB test.

Athletics

Our 6th grade boys' basketball team and our 6th grade girls' soccer teams won their championship games, while many of our other Laurence Lightning teams made it to the playoffs. Laurence offers teams at all levels of competition, resulting in a steady 90% student participation rate in our interscholastic athletic program for 4th through 6th graders.

Published Poets

We are proud to announce that 20 Laurence students had haiku poems published in Skipping Stones, a national multicultural literary magazine. The poems were selected as part of the 2016 Asian Celebration Haiku Contest in the July – Sept. 2016 issue.

Congratulations to the following Laurence poets:

Second graders: Teddy B., Aubrey C., Yann H., Jocelyn M. (three poems published), Eli S., and Ruby S.

Fourth graders: Meghan D., Ava G., Evan K., Brady R., and Sierra S.

Sixth graders: Sofia B., Emily C., Michael G., Milla H., Amanda K., Thomas P., Zoey R., Matthew T., and Beck W.

Mathletes

Students in 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades have the opportunity to join the Laurence Math Club, which meets weekly to explore geometry, algebraic thinking, and a multitude of problem-solving activities. These exercises incorporate 3-D figures, numerical puzzles, and logical conundrums.

2015 - 2016 Tournaments

Culver City Math Olympiad

Our 5th Grade team won second place and one of our 5th Grade students won first place in the individual round.

Linwood Howe Math Olympiad

Students competed against 4th and 5th Graders from throughout Los Angeles, winning second place in the team round, with Laurence students taking first and third places in the individual round.

Orange County Math Circle, Thanksgiving Tournament

Our 5th Grade Mathletes won first place in the team round, and Laurence students took first and second place in the individual round.

Orange County Math Circle, All Girls Tournament

5th Grade students took first and second place in the individual round.

 

Chess Mates

Our Chess Club began several years ago with 12 students and quickly became one of our most popular after school activities. We now have 40 Chess Mates who meet weekly and compete in multiple tournaments during the year.

2015 - 2016 Tournaments

Off Da Rook Tournament

Students took first place in both the rated and unrated sections and overall, took four of the top ten spots in the unrated section.

WordMasters Challenge

The WordMasters Challenge is a national language arts competition, where students are given a list of challenging words and definitions, and then are challenged to use these words to complete analogies and enhance their critical thinking skills.

2015 - 2016

Both our 4th and 5th Grade teams won high honors in the recent WordMasters Challenge.

Laurence’s 4th Grade team placed third in the nation out of 328 teams, scoring 191 out of a possible 200 points. The 5th Grade team placed a fantastic first in the nation out of 350 teams, scoring 194 out of a possible 200. What an amazing feat!

Fourth Graders Meghan D., Sabrina S., Aidan G., and Sammy S. earned perfect scores (20/20) in their meet, which was achieved by only 50 fourth graders out of approximately 19,000 participating! Fifth Graders Eliza B., Shayna, B., Baxter C., and Grace H. earned perfect scores (20/20) in their meet, which was achieved by only 52 fifth graders out of approximately 21,000 participating students.

2014 - 2015

Several students and the fourth and fifth grade teams representing Laurence School recently won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge. The WordMasters Challenge is a national language arts competition consisting of three separate meets held at intervals during the school year. The WordMasters Challenge is an exercise in critical thinking. The children are given a list of 25 challenging words to learn for each meet (considerably higher than grade level). Students learn the definitions of these words and then are challenged to use the words to complete analogies, enhancing their critical thinking skills by learning how to think both analytically and metaphorically.

The fourth grade tied for fourth place in the nation, among 352 school teams (20,000 children) competing at this grade level and in this division! Like the fourth grade, the fifth grade came in a terrific fourth. Laurence is the ONLY school from third grade through sixth grade to have two grade levels place in the top ten. This is an extraordinary achievement.

Four students won highest honors for individual achievement. Fourth graders Georgia G. and Baxter C. earned perfect scores (20/20) in their meet for their grade level while only 100 fourth graders out of 20,000 participating students achieved this result. In addition, Beck W. and Theo M. earned a perfect 20/20, two of the SIXTEEN students who earned a perfect score out of 21,000 participating. Clearly earning a perfect score is an amazing accomplishment.

All of the children in both the fourth and fifth grade worked diligently to learn the definitions of the words and to become adept at solving analogies, helping their teams to place in the top ten. Congratulations to these students who worked so hard to achieve this remarkable result. They are all, indeed, Word Masters!

2013 - 2014

Laurence School has once again placed in the top ten of the fourth and fifth grade teams across the nation. Not only did they place, but fourth graders took FIRST place out of 411 teams! The fifth graders ranked a wonderful 4th place out of 417 teams. Needless to say, both teachers and students are ecstatic about the results! It should also be mentioned that Laurence School is the only school to place in both grade levels. Worthy of note is that three fourth graders and one fifth grader earned a perfect 20 out of 20. To put this amazing feat in perspective is that only 50 fourth graders earned a perfect score out of 16,500 students, and only 29 fifth graders earned a perfect score out of 17,000 students. This is quite remarkable! We applaud all students and teachers in fourth and fifth grade for putting such incredible effort into making the teams the best they could be.

2012 - 2013

Both the fourth and fifth grades placed in the top ten in the third WordMasters Challenge of the 2012-2013 school year. Out of 18,000 participants and 486 teams, the fifth grade placed an outstanding second in the nation! Meanwhile, the fourth grade placed ninth among 473 teams.

No other school had two grade levels place in the top ten! Also impressive - a total of 20 combined fourth and fifth graders earned the fabulous score of 19/20, and only 246 other students nationally earned this same distinction.

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We are also truly delighted to announce that Laurence School’s fifth grade class tied for second place in the nation in WordMasters' analogy meet #1 for 2012-2013. Our students competed against 373 other teams and 17,960 other like-aged children to win this very impressive honor.

Also impressive was our fourth grade's showing in the competition. They tied for eighth place in the nation among 300 school teams and 17,500 children competing at this level and division. Moreover, several students achieved perfect or near-perfect scores on the test. Congratulations to Riley S. and Courtney S., as well as to Olivia P., Avery G., Jack L., Kyle R., Riley B., Claire S., Adeline G., Tanisha G., and Emery G. Fifth graders, True B., Carli C., Ava S., Eric S., Sierra S., Zoey C., Nicole G., Tenley G., and Alexander S. also deserve a round of applause.

Published Poets

Our students have had their poems published in several literary magazines and anthologies focused on student poetry. Their poems have been winners and top picks, and have received other accolaeds in these publications, which choose poems from thousands of entries nationwide.

2016

We are proud to announce that 20 Laurence students had their haiku poems published in Skipping Stones, a national multicultural literary magazine. The poems were selected as part of the 2016 Asian Celebration Haiku Contest of the July – September 2016 issue.

Congratulations to the following Laurence poets:

Second graders: Teddy B., Aubrey C., Yann H., Jocelyn M. (three poems published), Eli S., and Ruby S.

Fourth graders: Meghan D., Ava G., Evan K., Brady R., and Sierra S.

Sixth graders: Sofia B., Emily C., Michael G., Milla H., Amanda K., Thomas P., Zoey R., Matthew T., and Beck W.

2015

Congratulations to sixth grader Lea P. who is a “Top Ten Winner” in the Spring 2015 edition of the “A Celebration of Poets” anthology (www.poeticpower.com). Panels of educators viewed entries from thousands of students from across the country to select the top submissions for publication in this anthology. The top winners in each division receive a monetary award and a free book that includes their published poem.

Here is Lea's winning entry:

Ice
Scraped by rusty blades
Tap, toe, step, glide
Scuffed by white boots
Spiral spin
Crushed by jagged metal
Long thin lines
Etched in by clear
Intentions broken up
By jumps and
Music, giving instruction
Spraying snow with a stop
Smoothed by new beginnings
Ready to take someone far
Cold creeping
Through tights
Boxed in by walls
And boots eager to glide

Seventeen other Laurence students also appear in the same issue. Congratulations to the following fifth graders: Mighty B., Sascha B., Estella F., Brendan H., Grace H., Maya N., Sam P., Dylan S., Alison S., Fiona S., and Jenna Z.; and the following sixth graders: Olivia F., Andrew H., Amanda K., Tallulah M., Zoey R., and Alden S.

We are proud to announce that recent Laurence graduate Quinn C. was recently honored as a “Noteworthy Youth Honor Awards Entry” in Skipping Stones magazine for his poem “Sunset.” The poem appears in current Oct. – Dec. 2015 issue of the national multicultural literary magazine. His poem below was selected for its creativity and promotion of nature awareness among thousands of entries:


Sunset
By Quinn C.
The night seeps into the sky above
Like a droplet of black ink into the ocean
Every last drop of color
Exits the sky
Darkness corrupts
But during its last few moments
Something beautiful

In other exciting publishing news, 30 Laurence students were also featured in the 2015 Asian Celebration Haiku Times as “Noteworthy Entries” in Skipping Stones’ July – Sept 2015 issue. Congratulations to the following recent sixth graders who had their haiku poems published: Adeline G., Grant K., Tanisha G., Destiny G., Lexie B., Chloe S., Ryan M., Quinn C., Olivia P., Emery G., Cameron S., Jake P., Nick S., Claire S., Laina B., Kyle R., Ethan Z.

The following current fifth grade students are also published in same issue: Grace H., Logan M., Kyle R., Cora B., Peter B., Alison S., Ethan S., Sascha B., Alex S., Riley G., Baxter C. and Chloe A.

2013

Nine Laurence students had their poems selected for publication in the 2013 edition of the Anthology of Poetry, including fourth graders: Maggie F., Destiny G., Ethan Z., Mica P., Katelyn W., Chloe S., Lowell B., and Lucy I.

Skipping Stones magazine also honored our students. The magazine, which ties in nicely with the School’s global and garden themes, as it honors creative work that promotes cultural diversity, nature, and/or ecological sensitivity, published poetry and artwork by fourth graders Destiny G., Lowell B., Chloe S., Marley Y., and Mica P., as well as by third grader Tallulah M. and first grader Alison S.